RhizolizerĀ® In-furrow

Trial Type

Plant Health (Growth Regulators, Biologicals, etc.), Medium Yield

General Stats

County
Edmunds
Replications
5
Crop
Soybean
Seed Brand
No Value
Variety
AG11X8
Relative Maturity
1.0
Tillage
Conventional Till
Irrigated
No Value
Drain Tile
No Value
Previous Crop
Corn
Row Sapcing
30"
Plant Population
160000
Plant Date
01/06/2021
Cover Crop
No Value
Seed Treatment
No Value

Soil Stats

Soil Type
Fine
Soil pH
4.0
Organic Matter
No Value

Methodology

This experimental field was in Edmund County, South Dakota. Soybeans AG11X8 variety was planted in 30-inch rows in strips on June 1, 2021. The purpose of this experiment is to compare the effects of Rhizolizer treatment against no no Rhizolizer treatment. Rate of the Rhizolizer was 6 oz/ac and was applied in furrow during soybean planting in 80 feet wide strip. This experiment had 5 replications for rhizolizer treatment and 5 replications for no rhizolizer treatment. UAV data was collected using Fix-wing AgEagle UAV having Gopro sensor with 4 different band information. To determine the canopy coverage and plant density, UAV data was collected during the early germination period i.e., June 22, 2021. UAV data collected during late growth phase of soybean crop i.e., August 13, 2021, was used to determine the difference due to treatments. NIR band and green band reflectance was used to calculate GNDVI of the field. GNDVI value ranges from -1 to 1. Higher the GNDVI values during early growth phase represent higher plant density and higher canopy coverage. Similarly higher GNDVI during later growing phase represent better plant heath and yield.

Results

Overall Rhizolizer application increased yield by 3.29 bu/ac which was statistically significant (Figure 1 & Table 1). Only one replication out of 5, saw decrease in yield by 1.68 bu/ac, however all remaining four replications saw increase in yield. GNDVI map created using UAV data did not saw significant difference in the rhizolizer applied and not applied strips during the early germination stage of soybean (Table 2). The GNDVI comparison from the late season UAV image was numerically greater in Rhizolizer applied strips compared to not applied (Table 3). More research at multiple sites with more replications are required to better explain the contrast between two different treatments in different environmental condition.

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